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Great fare can be found all over Jamaica, as locals love their cuisine crafted from great local seafood with both Caribbean and British influences. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ top places to eat in Jamaica:
1. The Rockhouse Restaurant. Located in the West End of Negril, The Rockhouse features chef Kevin Broderick’s creative New Jamaican cuisine. It’s lighter fare influenced by the traditions of the island. Look for signatures such as blackened mahi mahi with mango chutney, crab turnovers and coconut chicken paired with international wines.
2. Norma’s on the Terrace. Norma Shirley is a local culinary celebrity and her original restaurant in Kingston’s Devon House is considered the most famous place to dine on the island. People flock there for elegant and exotic variations on classic island cuisine, making reservations essential.
3. Toscanini Restaurant. Located just outside of Ocho Rios at Harmony Hall, this is one of the finest Italian restaurants in Jamaica. It often tops the list for foodies travelling to the island, including Bill and Hillary Clinton. Head to the award-winning restaurant to nosh on dishes like gnocchi and spaghetti with lobster.
4. Round Hill Hotel & Villas Restaurant. This posh dining room in the Round Hill Hotel in Montego Bay features organic produce grown on the property. Chef Martin Maginley creates themed meals each evening. The most popular is the Friday Jamaica night buffet, which also features entertainment, so Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest that you make advance reservations.
5. Houseboat Grill. This actual houseboat is moored in the calm waters of the Montego Bay Marine Park Fish Sanctuary. Patrons must take a short boat ride across a moat to get here, but once they arrive they’ll be treated to an international menu that includes muscles in Thai coconut curry sauce and lobster fresh from the tank.